TESTT Space is a visual arts hub in Durham city centre providing studios and resources for a community of 20+ professional artists. Located directly above Durham Bus Station the space has a limited shelf-life ahead of the major redevelopment of North Road.

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As well as supporting individual practitioners and collectives the venue is a site for experimentation and acts as an ongoing developmental space for Empty Shop as an organisation. As such TESTT Space is always a work in progress. It currently features:

  • Self contained studio spaces for a range of practising artists at various stages in their arts career.
  • A student art studio for Durham University students, delivered in partnership with Culture Durham.
  • Communal work and social space for members
  • Dark room facilities
  • An occasional exhibitions and events programme

TESTT Space has previously featured

  • 3 gallery spaces catering to artists at each stage of their career i.e. community and early stage, emerging and established
  • A 12 month programme of guest curated exhibitoons
  • Residency space for University of the Arts London students and graduates
  • Black box space for performance and film screening
  • TESTT Space is a space for experimentation  has undergone and trialled a number of methodologies and ways of working  

Unfortunately TESTT Space is currently only accessible via stairs.

TESTT: Experimenting, Inspiring, Changing

We’re delighted to share a report about TESTT Space by Dr Hazel Donkin, Dr Martyn Hudson and Lily Arnold. The report is derived from original research into the TESTT model, methodology and potential and was independently published in January 2019.